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The Community Planning Event Manual: How to Use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve Your Environment

Handbook / Manual

By: Nick Wates

121 pages, photographs, figures, index


Paperback | Mar 2008 | #175485 | ISBN-13: 9781844074921
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About this book

Want to improve your village? Your town? Your city? Frustrated with conventional planning processes? A community planning event may be just what you have been waiting for.

For a few, intensive days, everyone concerned gets an opportunity to have their say and be involved - residents, businesses, professionals and politicians. It's effective and it's fun - but how do you do it? From Nick Wates, the author of the hugely successful book, "The Community Planning Handbook", comes this manual - the first on the subject - which tells you how to organize community planning events - a cooperative and collaborative approach to planning that allows people from different walks of life to participate and work together creatively.

The book is aimed at anyone from concerned individuals to community groups to professional planners in business and government interested in the potential of community planning to make a difference. It includes a step-by-step guide, detailed checklists and other tools for event organizers. The method is user friendly, flexible and easy to employ in any context from small neighbourhood improvements to major infrastructure and construction projects anywhere in the world.It is a comprehensive, practical guide to staging community planning weekends, 'action planning' workshops and other public engagement events. It contains full introduction, step-by-step guide, checklists, worksheets and innumerable ideas for staging successful planning events.

'Some books help you to learn - this one helps you to deliver! An invaluable tool.' Professor Brian Evans, deputy chair, Architecture+Design Scotland and Partner, Gillespies LLP 'This book helps promote practical work that changes the way people deliver projects in the sustainable communities sector. It is useful, user-friendly and easy to follow. This is the kind of book the busy practitioners of today need to support them in their work.' Professor Peter Roberts, chairman of ASC, the Academy for Sustainable Communities 'Nick Wates is a trail blazer in communicating clear, concise and immediately useful tools and techniques that transmit energy and make you want to get stuck in. This publication is amongst a handful of documents that all urban practitioners should have to hand.' Ian Munt, international urban governance consultant 'The devil is as always in the detail, and Nick Wates' Community Planning Event Manual provides it.' Perry Walker, head, democracy and decision-making, New Economics Foundation 'It is useful, user-friendly and easy to follow...This is the kind of work the busy practitioners of today need to support them in their work' Alison Stainsby, Institution of Civil Engineers.


Preface; Foreword; Introduction; Overview; Getting Started; Preparation; The Event; Follow-up; Appendices: Potted History; Publications; Addresses; Events Listing; Case Studies; Glossary; Action Planning Planner; Index.

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Nick Wates is a writer, researcher, publisher and project consultant specializing in community involvement in planning and design. He is also director of Nick Wates Associates Limited, Community Planning Specialists.

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